Oct 21, 2009

How to access gmail without proxy from workplace

Inorder to save bandwidth companies prefer to block gmail.com in India. This method will avoid the need to use a proxy server to circumvent the company firewall. Moreover using proxy server can be risky as the password is sent to a third machine...Proxies will be blocked usually.

Create a new google group.
First create a google groups by visiting http://groups.google.com
Make the group private.
Add only one member and that is your gmail id.

Configure gmail to forward emails to your group
gmail-no-proxy-firewall.
Login to gmail.com
Go to settings. Click "Forwarding and Pop".
Forward a copy of incoming mail to .
and select option to "Keep Gmail's copy in inbox"
Save Changes.

Tip: You can also forward only some of your mail by creating a filter!

Now a copy of all mails will be forwarded to your private group as well including attachments. If the mail which is being forwarded was sent by google itself. eg:a google alert mail or a mail from another group, then you might get a posting error message which is expected. The reply message when this happens is a bit confusing though.

Hello username+caf_=groupname=googlegroups.com@gmail.com,

We're writing to let you know that the group that you tried to contact
(groupname) either doesn't exist or you don't have permission to post to it.
There are a few possible reasons why this happened:

* You might have spelt or formatted the group name incorrectly.
* The owner of the group removed this group, so there's nobody there to contact.
* You may need to join the group before being allowed to post.
* This group may not be open to posting.

If you have questions about this or any other group, please visit the Google
Groups Help Centre at http://groups.google.co.in/support.

Thanks, and we hope you'll continue to enjoy Google Groups.

The Google Groups Team


Hope this helps you. Use responsibly.

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